Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 14, 2006

Lake Washington sockeye fishery extended through August 20 and daily limit increses beginning August 16

Action: Lake Washington sockeye salmon season continues through Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, and daily limit increases to 4 sockeye per angler.

Effective Dates: Wednesday, Aug.16, through Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: Lake Washington waters east of a line extended true south from Webster Point. Closed to fishing within 100 yards either side of Hwy. 520 and I-90 floating bridges, and additionally, closed within 1,000 feet of the Cedar River mouth.

Reason for action: The projected sockeye run is expected to be 466,000 with an escapement goal of 350,000. The projected non-treaty harvestable share is approximately 57,000 sockeye. Daily catch limits have been low allowing additional fishing opportunity. The estimated sport catch through August 13 is approximately 43,000 sockeye.

Other information: The salmon daily limit will be four fish (sockeye only) with a minimum size of 15 inches. All other salmon must be immediately released unharmed. Daily fishing hours are from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset.

Freshwater fishing rules apply. These rules include the requirement that fishers have a current Freshwater or Combination license and catches must be immediately recorded on their Sport Catch Record Card. A Saltwater fishing license is not valid in Lake Washington. Barbed hooks are allowed. Also under freshwater rules, individual anglers may only fish with one rod and must stop fishing once their personal daily limit has been retained.

Chinook impacts: Chinook impacts are expected to be minimal. The peak of the chinook abundance in the lake is not expected until after mid-August. Anglers are reminded to release any chinook immediately.

Information contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, app